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CHERRY OF RIO GRANDE Eugenia aggregata

Cherry of the Rio Grande

This beautiful small tree has very attractive dark glossy-green waxy leaves and a peeling bark. The showy white flowers are followed by deep purple plum sized fruit approximately 3 weeks from the time of flowering. The fruit is the most popular substitute for the traditional ‘Prunus’ Cherry for warmer climates. The fruit has a sweet juicy cherry flavour eaten fresh or can be picked at maturity , frozen for later use or used in jellies, jams and juices.

This compact tree is perfect for small back yard orchards as it is well suited to container growing, still producing an abundance of fruit even when kept as a potted bush. This is advantageous as the tree can then be easily netted during fruiting time as this tree is a favourite to the birds. The tree is highly ornamental requiring very little attention and pruning to keep it looking its best. It can also be used to make a hedge.

The Brazillian tree, member of the Myrtaceae, can reach up to 10 metres in its tropical forest environment, but most often reaches a comfortable height of 4-5m. They are moderately fast, preferring frequent but small balanced nutrient application and regularly watering during flowering and fruit development although the tree itself, if not expecting fruit quality in the drier years is fairly drought tolerance. The tree can tolerate temperatures down to zero degrees.

PriceAvail.PropPotBuy Options 
$19.75 0 Seedling 165mm Email Me When Available Seeking Propagation Material
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Seedling Subtropical - Tropical 3-6 Hardy Beneficial Evergreen September - December
 

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Cherry of Rio Grande

Great value little tree. Tough, reasonably fast, productive and ornamental. Needs decent watering until established. Fertilise with dynamic lifter, apply potash late Winter, mulch well. Delicious fruit. Makes good wine and fruit puddings. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 28-May-2006

Cherry of Rio Grande

Will this fruit in half shade? | Catherine Scott - Surrey Hills, VIC 20-Apr-2009

Cherry of Rio Grande

Its says high frost tolerance but alos says ok to zero degrees. Has anyone had experience growing these in areas where it gets to about -5? Thank you! | Len - Canberra, ACT 31-Jul-2009

Cherry of Rio Grande

I have kept one outdoors through a Canberra winter, with temperatures down to minus 6 Celsius, and no visible frost damage. I think it was more troubled by the heavy clay. Memo to Daleys, your catalogue classes its frost-resistance as low. I'd say Medium. | Mark O'connor - Canberra , ACT 18-Oct-2012
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Cherry of Rio Grande (Seedling) 9/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1389 days 18hrs

Comments: - One of my favorite fruit trees.  Nice fruits, beautiful looking small tree.  Tough and easy to grow.   Fruits are much larger than expected and taste great - a cross between brazillian cherry and the true cherry.  After a record hot spell in 2011 this was the only fruit tree that suffered with some of the foilage burning off. 

Fruiting Months March, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 0.5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Horse manure, worm castings and dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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davewastech says... [100 days 10hrs ago]
I planted 2 small Rios last December. They haven't grown at all. They're in Sydney, sunny spot, plenty of compost. Soil is a bit acid ~pH6. Any suggestions on what I'm not doing correctly?

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Cherry of Rio Grande

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 1477 days 7hrs

Comments: - Beautiful bark, like the native python tree. Tasty cherry like fruit, juicy and sweet with one seed.  The only problem is they do not set very heavily.  My crop so far this year (2010) is 5. Cross pollination may help but my second tree has not yet flowered. The fruit are delicious though.


Fruiting Months November

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Cherry of Rio Grande 6/10

Paulaf1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1484 days 5hrs

Comments: -

I have finally had a taste of a cherry of the rio grande!!!  I wasn't that impressed at first, as it had quite a sour taste.....but I found that if you waited till they actually dropped off the tree they are pretty good.

A really easy tree to look after, very drought hardy and I just throw some bird netting over the top of it when it's fruiting as the birds are the only thing that seem to bother it. 

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, lucerne mulch

Pest Control:

none so far, but I think once it fruits the kurrawongs will be after them.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Ellen's Edible Fruits
Update: 1954 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Got this one through Daleys . back in Oct 08, It had grown double in size. And I've planted it in pot . I am still wrestling with the idea of planting it into the ground . Very luscious green looking . Who knows I might put it in the ground this Summer .

So easy and low maintenance right now .


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Cherry of Rio Grande 8/10

JasonRutkowski1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1930 days 13hrs

Comments: -

only now starting to establish and grow really well

Planted: 2007

Height 0.5 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

none


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Mel1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1933 days 3hrs

Comments: -

This one is struggling but still growing.

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Cherry of Rio Grande 7/10

Blossom's Edible Fruits
Update: 1492 days 12hrs

Comments: -

sounded yum

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Fruit Harvest: 0.2 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring


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Cherry of Rio Grande 5/10

Epiphany1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1940 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Seems to be growing quite slowly. But it's growing...so that's a good sign!

Organic Status:Organic


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Francis1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1932 days 21hrs

Comments: -

The rains got to it.


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Diana's Edible Fruits
Update: 1033 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Nice looking plant. One of the few in the garden that have not yet fruited.

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Bigkitty's Edible Fruits
Update: 1929 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Struggling but dead yet.


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Cherry of Rio Grande 6/10

Tass1Trees's Edible Fruits
Update: 1920 days 7hrs

Comments: -

planted in winebarrel. Not doing to well at the moment so i put it down to winter. it should take off in spring..

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: change fert/ reg

Question:

 


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Ce2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1926 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Myrtaceae

Cherry of Rio Grande

Brazil

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1


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Cherry of Rio Grande 6/10

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 901 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Dying to get some fruit off this as i love cherries but so far no flowers nothing.

will try that special mix of Tom Wyatt's in the spring that I've read about

Planted: 2006

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

why no flowers / fruit?? i have been patient!


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Jenny says... [789 days 14hrs ago]
Went & bashed this tree with a bit of wood too yesterday - it's on notice!

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Cherry of Rio Grande 10/10

Fruitful's Edible Fruits
Update: 701 days 14hrs

Comments: - This apparently is the tropical version of a cherry that tastes like a cherry. Looking forward to trying one!


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Cherry of Rio Grande (Seedling)

Edward's Edible Fruits
Update: 92 days 12hrs

Comments: - Wanted to try this tree based on positive comments left by other growers. Tree is still small but doing well.

Planted: 2013

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Photograph contributed by: Gomera Schrader from the Tropical Fruit Garden in the Canary Islands. See: http://personales.mundivia.es/schrader_gomera/english.htm